Definition of tucket
: a fanfare on a trumpet
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Tucket can be found most notably in the stage directions of several of William Shakespeare's plays. In King Lear, for example, a tucket sounds to alert the Earl of Gloucester of the arrival of the Duke of Cornwall (Act II, Scene i). The word tucket is thought to derive from the obsolete English verb tuk, meaning "to beat a drum" or "to sound a trumpet." These days, the word fanfare itself refers to a sounding of trumpets made in celebration or to alert one of another's arrival. The presence of fanfare might be the reason that "tucket" is rarely used in contemporary English.
Origin and Etymology of tucket
probably from obsolete English tuk to beat the drum, sound the trumpet
First Known Use: 1593
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